News blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood

Maple Leaf Life header image 1

Second week of policed garbage pickup

January 6th, 2015 by Mike

Update from Seattle Public Utilities:

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 600 lucky Seattle residents who pledge to recycle and compost will receive a Collector’s Edition Seattle Mariners Kitchen Caddy at the following locations:

Lake City Neighborhood Service Center at 12525 28th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125

- See more at:


As Maple Leaf enters its second week of trash checking, we’re interested in hearing about neighbors’ experiences.

After our first post on the new trash enforcement, one commenter noted:

I am conscientious when it comes to putting the proper items in the trash, as are all the neighbors on my block. Lo and behold, every trash bin on the block was red tagged today. The Trash Police did not specify what exactly was placed in the trash in error. So we get to move forward not knowing what was improperly tossed, and fines are the next step.

This did not seem to be the case on many blocks (we looked).

But this week KUOW has a story featuring Maple Leaf trash: “Seattle’s scarlet letter for sloppy trash sorters.”

The public radio station talked with Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for CleanScapes.

As Watkins made the rounds in Maple Leaf recently, he appeared disheartened to find an entire red velvet cake in someone’s trash bin. Any house with more than 10 percent food in their garbage earned a bright red tag notifying them of the infraction.

“Right now I’m tagging probably every fifth can,” Watkins said. “I don’t know if that’s just the holidays, or the fact that I’m actually paying a lot more attention.”

Right now the tags are just a warning, but fines will apply beginning in July. For single households, $1 – but apartments, condos and commercial buildings could be fined $50.

More information from Seattle Public Utilities is here. KUOW says Seattle is the first city in the country to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage.

→ 20 Comments Tags: , , ,   Share

The Bears of Maple Leaf

January 2nd, 2015 by Mike

13 of them. Apologies to Warren Zevon.

→ 2 Comments Tags: ,   Share

Sponsor (advertise with us)



December 31st, 2014 by Mike

Here’s to 2015.

→ 3 Comments   Share

And now a lost ring – on a circuitous path

December 30th, 2014 by Mike

Jessica emails overnight:

Could you please help us? My husband lost a silver wedding-type-band this afternoon around 1 p.m.

Unfortunately, the possible area is pretty large. It’s somewhere between the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street and the upper Maple Leaf Park — and then he walked around the park path, across Roosevelt Way Northeast and up to Cloud City.

The ring has a distinctive vine-pattern etched deeply around it. The value is nothing except extremely sentimental (brought back from Italy 20 years ago!).

On the extreme off-chance anyone sees it or has it, we would love to see it again!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

→ 1 Comment Tags: , ,   Share

Gonna be chilly through New Year’s Eve

December 29th, 2014 by Mike

A frontal line moving south produced a spectacular sunset tonight over Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The forecast calls for lows of 25 degrees for the next three nights, through New Year’s Eve.

Days should remain sunny, but cold, through New Year’s Day .

→ 2 Comments Tags: , , ,   Share

Ring found Christmas Eve across from Maple Leaf Park

December 29th, 2014 by Mike

Kyle emails: “We found a ring on the sidewalk on Christmas Eve outside of LeBlanc (across Roosevelt Way Northeast from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and near the Rez). “If anyone is missing a ring and can describe we would be happy to return it.


Comments Off Tags:   Share

Solstice tree vanishes, ornaments remain

December 26th, 2014 by Mike

Solstice week is ending, and the Solstice Day tree has vanished from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

For those who donated decorations and would like them back, they are in a box in the pavilion.

Any left behind will be saved for possible future use.

→ 1 Comment Tags: ,   Share

Merry Christmas Maple Leaf!

December 25th, 2014 by Mike

Photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography.

→ 1 Comment   Share

No trash pickup Christmas Day – PLUS the Garbage Police cometh

December 24th, 2014 by Mike

Welcome to Christmas Eve! And a gray one, at that. (1.22 inches of rain in last 24 hours.)

Two things:

From Seattle Public Utilities: “No garbage, yard waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 25.

“Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers available by 7 a.m., to ensure collection.”

Also, beginning a week from Thursday the city gets tough on trash.

From our news partner The Seattle Times:

Starting Jan. 1, food scraps, pizza boxes and paper napkins won’t be allowed in garbage cans. For the first six months, violators will get notices from the city; after that period, violators will be fined $1.

It gets more complicated, but, yes: “Drivers will be watching for the materials and will inform the city about violators”

The Times’ story is here. Many, many comments on it are here.

→ 6 Comments Tags: , , , , ,   Share

Reports of holiday mail theft in Maple Leaf?

December 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Rose messages on Facebook:

Hi Maple Leaf Life, could you ask Maple Leaf to be on the look out for suspicious mail theft activity?

We have had our mail stolen several times this last week, our neighbors have as well. We live on Northeast 96th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

We have had several neighbors from a few blocks away return our empty envelopes which they say were left in their yards.

We’ve anecdotally heard similar reports. Any more?

→ 8 Comments Tags: , ,   Share

Solstice tree celebrates the Return of the Light

December 21st, 2014 by Mike

Update 12/22:

More decorations are arriving:

Happy Solstice Maple Leaf!

Sunday afternoon, as the light was fading from the sky, a Solstice Day tree appeared on the east end of Maple Leaf Park, at the pavilion.

It has lights, a single ornament (a dog, of course) and an invitation to neighbors to bring ornaments to fully decorate the tree.

Celebrate the return of light!

→ 11 Comments Tags: , , ,   Share

Ralph the black dog missing from neighborhood

December 21st, 2014 by Mike

Update 5:45 p.m. 12/23: Ralph is back home.

Dionnie emails:

Our dog, Ralph, is wandering around the neighborhood. Sneaked out of the house last night.

He is a black Labrador/Chow mix with a blue collar. Please call 206-335-3569 if found. Thanks.


Mary emails at 2:47 p.m.: “If any one is missing a gray male pit bull I just saw him wandering down 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street.

“He had a blue collar. Hope he makes it home safely.”

Comments Off Tags: ,   Share

A tale of two (or more) trees

December 21st, 2014 by Mike

There’s a brightly decorated tree in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning.

It’s on the north side (where it joins an earlier artistically decorated feather tree).

But … (more later).

Speaking of trees: If anyone needs a really tall Christmas tree, there’s a free one waiting on Northeast 89th Street between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast.

How tall? We’d say 14-16 feet. Tall enough to almost hit utility lines when we stood it up.

Gonna take a high ceiling.

By the way, check out Maxine’s entrance on this Solstice day.

Comments Off   Share

Could our Safeway become a “Haggen Northwest Fresh”?

December 20th, 2014 by Mike

(Spoiler alert: Doesn’t look like it.)

Eric emails: “Thought you might be interested in this story. ‘The Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast Safeway may be changing to a locally owned Haggens.’”

He references a story in Friday’s Seattle Times which notes that Haggen, out of Bellingham, “has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestment brought about by the merger of Safeway and Albertsons announced in March.

For the last three years, Haggen has been remodeling the remaining Haggen and Top Food stores to highlight its ties to the Pacific Northwest by rebranding the stores as Haggen Northwest Fresh.

“Our Pacific Northwest grocery-store chain has been committed to local sourcing, investing in the communities we serve, and providing genuine service and homemade quality since it was founded in 1933,” John Caple, chairman of the Haggen board and partner at Comvest, said in a statement. “We will continue our focus on sourcing and investing locally even with this exciting expansion.”

However, “our” Safeway – yes,the one with the murals of Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Roosevelt in its underground parking garage – is neither on Haggen’s store acquisition list nor  its map of stores to be converted to Haggen from either Safeway or Albertsons.

The closest potential new Haggen stores are the current Safeway in Shoreline (15332 Aurora Ave. N.) and the current Albertsons in Lake Forest Park (17171 Bothell Way N.E.).

→ 3 Comments Tags: , ,   Share

Best place to get your car prowled? NOT Northgate

December 18th, 2014 by Mike

It’s true that roughly a car per day is prowled in Maple Leaf.

It’s not true that, despite the Northgate Mall and transit center, it’s the most likely place to have someone break into your car.

New Seattle Police statistics, released this week, indicate the most cars are prowled on Capital Capitol Hill and a chunk of downtown.

In the 28 days from Nov. 16th to Dec. 13th, 1,043 car prowls were reported to Seattle Police.

Thirty percent of them happened in that one area:

→ 5 Comments Tags: , , , ,   Share